“The Yellow Rose”
Johnny Lee with Lane Brody
Written by Lane Brody, Johnny Lee, and John Wilder
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 23, 1984
#1 (1 week)
April 21, 1984
This chart topper is courtesy of network television.
“The Yellow Rose” retains the melody of the traditional folk song “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” but the lyrics are completely new. It served as the theme song for The Yellow Rose, a primetime soap opera that ran for one season.
We get brief character sketches that give listeners (and viewers) a general gist of the show’s storyline. I don’t know if the show did more to make these characters compelling, but the lyric has all the depth of an eighties coffee commercial jingle.
It was the eighties, man. Our television intros and coffee commercials had long, catchy songs, y’all.
Johnny Lee and Lane Brody give spirited performances. You know, the kind meant to reel you in and keep you from changing the channel. But unlike “Good Ol’ Boys” and “XXX’s and OOO’s,” this one doesn’t rise above its station. It is what it is: a television theme song that got a ton of radio play.
“The Yellow Rose” gets a C.
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